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Phyllis & Bennett Cerf Foundation Inc.


Last Updated: 2015-09-24

At A Glance

Phyllis & Bennett Cerf Foundation Inc.

111 E. 8th St.,

New York City, NY United States 10075

Telephone: (212) 421-8893

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Entertainment

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-11-30)

Assets: $353,450

Total giving: $18,506





Additional Contact Information

Application Address: c/o Jonathan Cerf, 146 E. 62nd St., New York, NY. 10021


Established in NY - Founded by the late Bennett Cerf and Phyllis Cerf Wagner. Bennett Cerf was a respected publisher, co-founder of Random House and an author. In 1933, Mr. Cerf won United States v. One Book Called "Ulysses," a landmark court case against government censorship. Upon his win, Cerf published James Joyce's unabridged "Ulysses" for the first time in the U.S. Cerf later became known for his frequent appearances on the television show "What's My Line." Phyllis Cerf Wagner, Cerf's wife, was a noted actress and author. She wrote the children's book "The ABC and Counting Book," as well as co-founding Beginner Books

Fields of Interest

  • Agriculture
  • Basic and emergency aid
  • Diversity and intergroup relations
  • Education
  • Education services
  • Food aid
  • Food delivery
  • Foundations
  • Goodwill promotion
  • Higher education
  • Human rights
  • Human services
  • Information and Communications
  • International relations
  • Investigative journalism
  • Journalism
  • News and public information
  • Philanthropy
  • Reading promotion
  • University education
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-11-30

Assets: $353,450 (market value)

Expenditures: $24,766

Total giving: $18,506

Qualifying distributions: $18,506

Giving activities include:

$18,506 for 15 grants (high: $2,500; low: $150)